The first recorded COVID-positive patient in Palawan has recovered, according to the health authorities.

The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), in an advisory issued Friday (as of 3 p.m., March 27), said that the COVID-patient, a 26-year-old Australian who flew out of the province on March 17 has recovered as verified by the Australian authorities.

Recovered COVID-patient

“Continuous ang communication natin sa Australian authorities ng kanyang status since nagkaroon sya sa atin ng history. Ipinarating nila sa RESU na naka-recover na sya,” said Geraldine Perez, health education and promotion officer of the DOH.

The Australian national traveled to the Philippines on March 5, and arrived at Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA) and immediately proceeded to a certain municipality on March 7.

He first showed symptoms late March 12 and was admitted to a government hospital as a person under investigation (PUI).

The patient was discharged on March 15 after showing “mild symptoms”, and was allowed to travel back home in Australia, pending his result on March 17.

He was confirmed to be COVID-positive on March 20, and has recovered on Friday, March 27.

2 PUI Pending Result

Meanwhile, Palawan currently has 82 persons under investigation (PUI) under COVID-watch, but only two PUIs are awaiting test result.

“‘Yong iba ay under strict home quarantine monitoring na lang. Ibig sabihin mild symptoms, non-elderly, or walang malalang sakit kaya no need to test but for strict monitoring. Kapag nag-progress, at na-admit, saka lang sila kukunan,” Perez added.

The other 4 PUIs, who has already tested negative, remained at the hospital being treated for other illness.